Thursday, February 16, 2012

Carol Guzy

"Its Important to remember, that they are only tools. It's the people in the pictures and those who view them that are important." -Carol Guzy

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            Photography allows a wide medium of styles and emotions. It can range from action shots of a cheetah running,  to family portraits; from traditional beauty, to unorthodox sources of beauty. Many photographers have their niches from wildlife to landscape. But photographer Carol Guzy captures the art letting the viewer experience the same emotion from those in the actual photograph. Pulitzer Prize-winning Guzy travels around the world, searching for extreme sources of emotions, hoping to connect people around the world and help them understand emotions that run through humans throughout the world. Throughout her career, she left historical footprints in the art of photography. Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association. Furthermore, Guzy is a four-time receiver of the prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize.

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            By being a photographer for the Washington Post, she gained the ability of traveling the around the world, documenting and presenting the news. Guzy's expertise is capturing real-life moments that occur everyday throughout the world. Guzy is most recognized for her ability to capture dark, almost taboo subjects.  She accounts that her background in nursing allowed to understand true human suffering, " The nursing program gave me more than a degree. It helped me gain an understanding of human suffering and and an incredible sensitivity to it. I know it that without this background, my photography would have a totally different edge."Her work mostly touches on tragic events such as: death, natural disasters, famine, and government injustice. One of her notable works is when she traveled to New Orleans to cover hurricane Katrina. While in New Orleans, she captured a famous photos of animals who suffered hurricane.  While on this trip, she found a puppy stranded, alone and adopted it. From this trip, she contributed to a gallery titled, " Lest We Forget: Three Perspectives on Hurricane Katrina". 
    Another notable examples of Guzy's work is her Pulitzer recognized photographs of pregnancy in Sierra Leone. 

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       The UN estimates, Sierra Leone has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world: one in eight women die in childbirth, compared with one in 4,800 in the United States and one in 48,000 in Ireland." While in Sierra Leone, Guzy followed young Jemelleh Saccoh, an expecting mother of one. While shooting the birth, Saccoh died due to complications from her emergency Caesarean Section. Her work in Sierra Leone emphasized her ability to grab the audience attention and feel remorse and agony just like those in the pictures. The gallery haunts the audience witnessing life slipping from the mother in a process that is traditionally a powerful, touching moment. But in the end, was faced with reality of inexperienced medical personal, equipment, and sanitation. 

The mother's first and last gaze at her first son. 
Carol Guzy's work is recognized all over the world for her haunting, and emotional twisting work. Although it may be emotional disturbing to some, it proves successful bringing attention to subjects that were before unrecognized and unknown. Her photography leaves a lasting impression on those who are moved by photographs and inspires those to help end human suffering.

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